First Speakers Language Gathering


Lifting up the voices of our elders

The First Speakers Language Gathering is a space for fluent language speakers to gather and discuss planning around sqilxʷ education, culture, and well-being.

Honoraria and travel support will be provided to first speakers only. Other sqilxʷ are welcome to join and listen!

Day 1: 5 pm – 8 pm Reception dinner for visiting, laughing, and grounding ourselves in the purpose of the gathering.
Day 2: 9 am – 5 pm Discussions and planning around sqilxʷ education, culture, and wellbeing. Social visits in the evening.
Day 3: 9 am 1 pm Wrap-up discussions, next steps, farewells.

Open to Syilx nation Members only | Spaces are limited!

PLEASE NOTE: The March 2024 Gathering has been postponed due to a death in community. We will share new date as soon as possible. Our sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and community. 

POSTPONED First Speakers Gathering Poster March 2024


Event Date:
POSTPONED - March 2024

Event Location:
Outma Sqilx'w Cultural School

Event Map:


Jennifer Lewis, Wellness Manager at or 250-826-7844 OR smx̌icnátkʷ Cree Whelshula, Executive Director of kʷu cnxiʔ (We Join In) Nonprofit at